Effective Autumn 2014.
declaring the english minor
There are no admission requirements and no prerequisites for minors at the
UW. Any undergraduate student with at least sophomore standing (45 credits
is officially declared in any major may declare a minor with his or her
major adviser's permission. If you have not yet declared a major (i.e., if
still in "premajor" status), you are not yet eligible to declare a UW minor.
(This does not mean that you cannot begin to take classes now that
will eventually apply toward the minor, however.)
To declare a minor, meet with your own adviser in your own major's
Only the adviser in your major department may sign the form to declare a minor;
this is to ensure that students meet satisfactory progress requirements. Since
English is not your major, an English Department adviser cannot sign
your form to declare the English minor. Please take the Change
of Major/Minor form to your own major's advising office.
There are no deadlines for declaring minors, except that you cannot declare a
minor after the deadline for applying to graduate. In other words, you cannot
declare a minor after the third week of the quarter in which you intend to
For more information, see the
UW's policies on minors.
English majors are not eligible to declare an English minor per UW
english minor requirements
The English minor requires a
minimum of 30 credits in English courses taken at the 200, 300, or 400 level:
- any 200-, 300-, or 400-level English course may count, with the exceptions
of ENGL 295 and 491, which may not be applied
to the minor;
- at least 20 credits applied to the minor must be taken at the 300 or 400 level;
- at least 20 credits applied to the minor must be taken in residence at the UW Seattle;
- an average GPA of 2.00 must be maintained among all ENGL courses being
applied to the English minor.
No 100-level courses may apply toward the English minor.
Some courses may
be restricted during Registration
Period 1 to majors only; we're not
generally able to override these restrictions, so those pursuing the
minor must in most cases wait until Period
2 registration to enroll. See the Time
Schedule notes for individual course restrictions. Those few courses
that are restricted to majors only will have a note that reads, "English
majors only PER 1." By UW policy,
English majors may not add a minor in English.
courses and advising
An English adviser will be happy to meet with you at any time during our drop-in
advising hours if you'd like to discuss the minor and your options for
courses, English-related internships, your related career or other post-graduation
plans, possible intellectual trajectories you may hope to pursue within your
minor, and so forth. Some possible themes individual students may be interested
in exploring could be language & rhetoric, expository or creative writing,
genre studies, historical literary periods, literary theory & criticism,
cultural studies, multicultural
literary modernism/postmodernism, gender
You can find detailed course descriptions for each quarter posted to our quarterly
offerings. These will provide you with information about teaching
faculty, themes, texts, etc.
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